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The Week Ahead: December 10-16

December 16: The first anniversary of the deadly riots in oil town of Zhanaozen in Kazakhstan.

December 16: The first anniversary of the deadly riots in oil town of Zhanaozen in Kazakhstan.

The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

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MONDAY, December 10:

EU: Brussels hosts the EU Foreign Ministers meeting.

EU: European Parliament plenary session opens in Strasbourg (to December 13).

Kyrgyzstan/Germany: Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev visits Berlin (to December 12).

NATO: Carnegie Europe in Brussels hosts a discussion titled "The World in 2020 — Can NATO Protect Us?"

Tajikistan: Tajikistan is expected to officially join the World Trade Organization.

Ukraine/India: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych visits New Delhi (to December 12).

UN: World Human Rights Day.

World: Nobel Peace Prize for 2012 to be awarded in Oslo.

TUESDAY, December 11:

Georgia/Russia: The next round of the Geneva talks between Georgia and Russia to be held in Switzerland.

Germany/Kyrgyzstan: German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds talks with Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev.

Russia/CIS: Moscow hosts a meeting of the CIS countries' defense ministers.

Russia/G20: Moscow hosts G20 Sherpas' meeting (to December 12).

UK/Georgia: Chatham House in London hosts a discussion titled "Political Developments and Prospects for Conflict Resolution in the Georgian-Abkhaz Context."

World: The Committee to Protect Journalist publishes the 2012 Imprisoned Journalists report.

WEDNESDAY, December 12:

EU: Ceremony for the awarding of Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2012 in Strasbourg.

Iran: Tehran hosts an international conference on sustainable urban energy (to December 13).

Russia: Constitution Day. Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his annual address to the Federal Assembly in Moscow.

Turkmenistan: Neutrality Day.

UK/Afghanistan: The International Institute for Strategic Studies in London hosts a discussion titled "The Afghan Peace and Reintegration Program."

UK/Pakistan: The International Institute For Strategic Studies in London hosts a discussion titled "Pakistan’s Nuclear History – and Future."

Ukraine/EU: European Parliament in Strasbourg holds a debate on the situation in Ukraine.

THURSDAY, December 13:

EU: European Council meeting opens in Brussels (to December 14).

Iran: The new round of talks between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran is due to be held in Tehran.

Moldova/EU: Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat meets with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Brussels.

Russia/G20: A conference on "Fostering Economic Growth and Sustainability" to be held in Moscow.

Ukraine/EU: European Parliament in Strasbourg votes on a resolution on Ukraine.

U.S./Kyrgyzstan: Wilson Center hosts a discussion titled "Women’s Leadership in Times of Political Transitions: Some Lessons from Kyrgyzstan."

FRIDAY, December 14:

World: Abu Dhabi hosts the 3rd ministerial meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum.

SATURDAY, December 15:

Russia: Russian opposition is scheduled to hold a protest rally in Moscow and other cities.

SUNDAY, December 16:

Kazakhstan: The first anniversary of the deadly riots in oil town of Zhanaozen.

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